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Wind Cave, Custer and Crazy Horse

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While we were hanging out in the Black Hills area of South Dakota, we decided to check out the Wind Cave National Park.  There are actually a couple of caves in the area that you can visit, this one and Jewel Cave National Monument.  After a group discussion, we settled on Wind Cave.  It is considered one of the world's longest and most complex caves.  It is different than any other cave that I have visited before.  It is considered to be a “dry cave” where most others that I’ve seen have been considered “wet caves.”  We found it to be a little less colorful and spectacular than other caves we’ve seen.  It doesn’t include stalactites and stalagmites that are so often associated with caves.  Instead Wind Cave has a formation called boxwork, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs.  Regarded as sacred by American Indians, the cave was not found by settlers until 1881, Jesse & Tom Bingham (two brothers), heard a loud whistling noise.  The sou…

The Black Hills of South Dakota

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I know I’ve gotten a bit behind in my recent postings.  That’s because we were busy having lots of fun!  Not that we’re not now, but we are now settled in for a little bit, so I’m going to try to catch up.After we left Devil’s Tower, we all headed over towards the Black Hills in South Dakota.  For Sal and I, it was our first visit to this area.  The drive to Custer was a very pretty one.  We arrived at the French Creek RV Park in Custer, SD fairly early on a Sunday.  Dave had called ahead the evening before and talked with “Rock” who is the owner of the place, so we all just picked some sites and got settled, knowing that he was in church.  Well, “Rock” showed up with his gun on his hip after he got back from church.  He invited us all up to the office to fill out paperwork.  On the way though, he stopped outside and opened up a freezer while he told us about BBQ’s he does in the summer months and such.  Inside the freezer was a shelf full of different liquors and he wanted all of us …